Does Your Pet Really Need Its Rabies Shots?

The Truth About Rabies Shots

Most pet owners don't think twice about taking their dogs and cats in for annual rabies shots and a barrage of other yearly vaccines. And that's the problem -- they don't think twice, they just assume it's necessary. Unfortunately, many times, it's not. While vaccines are important, vets often overdo it and pet owners are wasting millions each year because of it.

Are Rabies Shots Necessary?

Now, before we go any further, let me tell you that I believe in vaccinating your pets. I find that rabies shots are indeed necessary, especially since the disease has NOT been eradicated and there are still animals with rabies infections today.

Now, that being said, if your vet wants you to have your pet vaccinated with a rabies shot every year, he or she may be taking you for a ride. Not only is vaccinating your pet every year unnecessary, but it can put your furry friend at an increased risk of vaccine-related complications.

Is It a Profit Issue

I have a serious problem with vets telling pet owners that they have no other choice than to give their animals rabies shots every year, especially when they know it's not necessary and may be potentially harmful. If they don't know this, they shouldn't be practicing veterinary medicine.

The fact of the matter is that rabies shots can be done safely every three years by using a three-year rabies vaccination instead of the one-year deal, and it will be just as effective as it would be if you did it every year like clockwork.

Don't Throw The Dishes Out With the Dishwater

It is important to understand that just because your pet doesn't need rabies shots every single year, that doesn't mean he or she doesn't need an annual exam. Annual exams are very important and you should take your pet to the vet once a year, whether they need a vaccination or not.

If your vet pushes you to vaccinate every single year and it becomes an issue during the annual visits, find a vet more knowledgeable in the different options for rabies shots. A vet who cares more about your pet than they do about the revenue lost by increasing the time between rabies shots is worth their weight in gold.

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